"In some ways, from the get-go, it's been a process with him," manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com Friday. "Not just to see him, but to help him along and build him up and help him get ready for a baseball season. It's still an unknown and he's still in the process of getting rust off and trying to improve quality and have some outings. But he threw too many pitches in an inning there to allow him to go back out."
Gonzalez is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, but his ERA sits at 16.88 through his first two outings. He's walked six batters in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two.
Jackson's second start didn't go any better than his spring debut Sunday, when he gave up another home run and was saddled with the loss. He's 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA through five innings.
Marcum, who is a nonroster invitee, underwent surgery in July after going 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 78 1/3 innings with the Mets last season. He will compete for a spot at the back end of the rotation when healthy.
"Carlos looks fine," Francona said Friday. "If he is the third baseman, you're not going to know how he handles it until he's asked to handle it. How many balls have been hit to him? Four? That's just not a fair sample size. You almost hope people hit balls to him. But then, if he makes an error in Goodyear, do you say, 'Oh, he can't be our third baseman?' I think we go more on his daily work and things like that. That's all been really good."
Francona will have to figure out how to properly divide playing time at the position between Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall moving forward. The manager left the door open for Santana playing both positions on a regular basis during the season.
"I would say in the next three or four days, we're going to sit down and talk through it," Francona said. "It's a little bit of uncharted waters. You don't see anybody playing third and catching in the big leagues, but if he's able to do it, it opens up a lot of different things. The first thing we're going to do is sit and talk."
Santana is just 2 for 11 at the plate this spring.
One day after leaving Thursday's game with an injured hand caused by being hit with a pitch,
The injury ended up being minor in nature, allowing Hester to fill his usual role. He's 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI this spring.
Rutledge had been sidelined since March 1 with an ankle injury before notching his first hit of the spring with the fourth-inning blast, one of four home runs off Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton. Rutledge could win the team's starting job at second base with a great spring but will likely serve as a backup middle infielder this season.
De La Rosa rebounded from a poor effort in his spring debut in which he surrendered four earned runs while getting just five outs. While his five earned runs to date represent a higher total than the four he allowed through 12 2/3 innings last spring, he has generally been knocked around in spring training during his career, posting a 5.12 ERA in 117 2/3 career spring innings.
Both homers came against Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton, and they represented Tulowitzki's first hits of the spring after entering the game 0 for 5 with three walks. He's looking to build on an impressive .312/.391/.540 line from last season.
"Another solid outing and another step in the right direction," Ross told MLB.com. "I didn't get too tired out there. You don't want to be wilting."
Ross threw 25 of his 41 pitches for strikes in the win, his first of spring. He also no-hit the opposition in his spring debut, giving him five innings with no runs or hits allowed.
"With my mechanics, if I can spot my fastball, then my breaking balls are a lot easier to start locating," Garza told MLB.com after the outing. "Hopefully, next outing I'm ready to go and we'll start flipping up the breaking balls. … [But] my mentality is, 'Start day? Let's go.' It's always business. Let's get our work in and start battling, start competing and get guys out even when you don't have your best stuff.
Garza's spring debut also didn't go well, as he surrendered four earned runs in a single inning of work.